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PRE-INCA TEXTILE ART

The Amazongarden naturesavers are restoring the magnificent art of Tihuanaco to our everyday culture here in South America.

We will show the best images of Paracas, Tiahuanaco, Nazca, Wari, Mochica, Chancay, and Inca art that we get, here on the web, and look forward to contributions from collectors and art lovers worldwide, as most of these textiles are in European and North American collections.

The beauty and diversity of these textiles is staggering, and itīs been our fate in this era of culture-building to have these works of art saved immaculately for us, thanks to the preserving qualities of the arid Peruvian deserts where they're found.

We copy and adapt these powerful designs in architecture, heraldry, banners, tent decoration, fashion, etc. We look forward to your contribution of your favorite photos so we can add it to our art base.

I am Princess Juana. I live in the Peruvian coastal desert. I'm in charge of the Pre-Inca images that will form the artistic cornerstone of our new culture.

These eeery photos of me were taken by a visitor to the deserts around my house.

Huaqueros probe the desert floor with 2m-long thin steel rods to find ancient grave sites. At night they dig, unearthing the pre-Inca mummies and looking for things they can sell, tearing up and discarding the mummies in the process, with no interest in learning. As you walk along these deserts, you can find lots of discarded cotton woven cloth, ropes, hondas(slings for throwing stones, often decorated ornately)and lots of bones and pieces of pottery, strewn around in the sand. Burrial grounds were used by successive cultures and contain Paracas, Tiahuanaco, Nazca, Wari, and Inca graves. (500 BC to 1500 AD). Poor people were just wrapped in plain cotton, while richer corpses have lots of ceramics, ornate cloth, jewelry, tools,(especially for weaving, needles made of thorns, bone), basketry, mumified animals, etc. burried with them. Both men and women wore long hair, that of women usually longer, braided, often up to 5 meters long. Also hair cut during lifetime was burried alongside the corpse, braided. Sometimes simple floral design tattoos on back of hand or forarm. A wealth of medical and cultural information being lost forever by these huaqueros.

I always ask the Huaqueros about Tiahuanaco graves. They say Tiahuanaco graves are found in the sandy soils of the seaside, and the Tiahuanaco mummies are always burried facing the sea, in their best clothes and finery, which suggests they revered the ocean as divine and came there to rest. I am in charge of providing info on Tiahuanaco art and culture to the Earthgardens for use in royal heraldry. Please contribute photos of Precolumbian or American Indian art which inspires you. I look forward to your emails to me, Juana, at earthgardens@fastmail.fm

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